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    Q&A with Andrew Keen

    Andrew Keen talked about The Internet is Not the Answer. In the book he wrote about his objections to what he considers the overuse of technology in U.S. society, the creation of what he calls false communities through social networking, and other thoughts on the value of the Internet. He also talked about the history of Silicon Valley and the tech world, the collection and use of consumer personal data via social networking and other Internet sites, and what he thinks a regular user of the Internet should know before visiting different Web sites.

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    Newsmakers with Representative Jeb Hensarling

    House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) talked about President Obama’s tax proposals and other issues facing the 114th Congress, including financial regulations such as the Dodd-Frank law, the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the debt ceiling. Representative Hensarling spoke by remote video from Capitol Hill. After the interview the reporters in the studio discussed his responses with the host.

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    State of the Union Address Preview

    Prior to the president’s annual State of the Union Address, reporter Scott Wong previewed the address and former House Historian Ray Smock talked about the history of the annual event and significant moments in past addresses. Live scenes from the Capitol and White House were shown in the background. A 1987 video clip of President Regan was shown. A White House video advertising their digital enhancement of the State of the Union address was shown. Telephone lines were open for comments from viewers.

    The program concluded with live scenes of the House Chamber as members gathered and official parties arrived. 

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    Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci

    Dr. Anthony Fauci talked about his history and changing roles at the National Institute of Health (NIH). In 1984, he became the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), as the AIDS virus began to show up in the U.S. population. He described the challenges of fighting that disease and others over the course of his tenure, from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) to the bird and swine flu epidemics, and most recently the outbreak of Ebola. Dr. Fauci also discussed his personal life growing up in Brooklyn, meeting his wife, his relationships with different U.S. presidents, and NIAID’s work to combat future infectious disease outbreaks.

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    Newsmakers with Senator John Hoeven

    Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), author of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act being considered in the Senate, talked about the legislation, President Obama’s threatened veto, and the future of U.S. energy. He also spoke about the Republican control of Congress. After the interview, the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

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    Economic Growth Policies

    Three economists testified at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the state of the U.S. economy and policies leading to job creation and economic growth. This was the first time Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) chaired the committee. Topics included economic stability, and the potential impact of tax reform, health care, and Dodd-Frank regulations on the U.S. economy.

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    Q&A with Dick Lehr

    Dick Lehr talked about his book, The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America’s Civil War, about the 1915 movie of the same title. The film by D.W. Griffith was shown to President Woodrow Wilson at the White House and across the nation despite attempts by African-American Civil Rights advocate and newspaper publisher William Monroe Trotter and others to stop it. Trotter took Griffith to task for his portrayal in the film of African-Americans in the post-Civil War era.

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    House Rules Committee Meeting

    The House Rules Committee held its organizational meeting for the 114th Congress. Members also discussed Keystone XL Pipeline legislation and a bill that would redefine what constitutes full-time employment under the Affordable Care Act.

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    Q&A with Janet Murguia

    Janet Murguia talked about the state of Hispanics in America and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). The president and chief executive officer of NCLR, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy group in the United States, she talked about the organization, immigration reform, and other topics related to her job, the organization, and her career. She also talked about growing up in a large, working-class family in Kansas City, Kansas, and how she and most of her siblings achieved succees in American society.

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    Book Discussion on Why Lincoln Matters

    Mario Cuomo, the former governor of New York (1983-95), discussed his book Why Lincoln Matters: Today More Than Ever, published by Harcourt. His book discussed how the modern Republican Party differs in philosophy with the one that Lincoln founded and how modern politics could be improved by an examination of past processes.

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